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20 Reasons Why Barcelona Is An Amazing Place To Live

20 Reasons Why Barcelona Is An Amazing Place To Live

Barcelona may be famous for its famed soccer club but soccer is just one thing on the list of so many things the city excels in and offers. The city offers excellent aesthetics and there are so many reasons to love the city from its great architecture and galleries, to awesome food and music.

With the abundance of historical and cultural artifacts, Barcelona is just about as romantic as another wonderful city of Paris. It’s certainly the city one ought to move to, if they are considering settling overseas.

Here below are the 20 reasons as to why Barcelona is an amazing place to live. After reading these reasons, you’ll have plenty of inclinations to move to this wonderful Spanish city.

1. It’s discoverable on foot

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    Barcelona may be a quite big city but the size is perfect to discover on foot. There are plenty of things to discover as well. There’s abundance of great gastronomic options and the city also houses some of the most impressive parks and buildings. If you don’t feel like walking, you can even turn to bicycles to discover the city through stunning routes.

    2. It has superb modern architecture

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      You can find great architecture almost everywhere in this city, a paradise for architects. There are awe-inspiring Gothic basilicas put side by side with magnificent modern-day buildings. Most of the city’s architectural wonders have been designed by the famous architect Antonio Gaudi. Some of the finest monuments of the city are Sagrada Familia, Park Guell, La Pedrera and Casa Batllo.

      3. It’s a paradise for gastronomes

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        You’ll fall in love with this city very soon especially if you’re a connoisseur of great food. There are excellent restaurants all over the city. The city loves to dine so much that most businesses and offices close two hours a day just to take lunch. The city boasts the freshest of seafood in the world and pastry shops are plentiful. You should be a happy person even if you do nothing but eat in this city.

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        4. It has musical prospects in abundance

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          Barcelona has a fair share of live music venues like Apolo and Razzmatazz and magnificent concert halls like Gran Teatre del Liceu and L’Auditori. The music scene of the city is diverse, encompassing musical genres from classical to jazz to world music. The city also hosts some of the biggest annual musical festivals of the world such as Primavera Sound, Festival Internacional de Jazz de Barcelona, Sonar and Cruilla.

          5. It’s a delight for chocolate lovers

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            This beautiful city also offers plenty of delight for lovers of chocolate. Some of the best chocolates in Barcelona are chocolate bon-bons and xurros con chocolat (a kind of hot chocolate). The city gave birth to Antoni Escriba, who is famous for being the “Mozart of Chocolate”, and if you ever stop by this city, you ought not to miss his pastry shop.

            6. It has excellent beaches

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              Another reason to love Barcelona is the presence of outstanding beaches. Sightseeing is great along these beaches. The climate of the city is generally warm and the beaches are nice and clean. The beaches are swiftly reachable and one can always turn to the beaches to relax after a hard day’s work in the city.

              7. It has the Magical Montjuïc Mountain

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                Although you need to do a bit of legwork to reach the top, the magical Montjuïc is a perfect place to wander to. It’s a bit less populated by tourists but that’s not because it’s not worth seeing but because not every tourist wants to embark on an adventure. In fact, the mountain offers excellent views, with natural backdrops and excellent vistas all around.

                8. It’s the perfect place for coffee aficionados

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                  Coffee aficionados are just another kind of people, on the long list of the types of people the city of Barcelona can appeal to. You’ll get to drink something as perfect as café con leche, which is the coffee halved with steam milk. The beverage is always smooth but never harsh nor bitter.

                  9. It has a very rich history

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                    An international city in every way, at Barcelona, with every step you take through the streets, you’ll always stumble upon something historically significant. To get a quick glimpse of the city’s history, you should visit Museu d’Historia de Barcelona, where the historical city heritages have been preserved and put on display. There are so many historic artifacts inside this museum, with Placa del Rei, Temple d’August, Born Centre Cultural and Museum Maritim to name a few.

                    10. It has lots of Spanish wine and cavas

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                      Spanish Wine and Cavas rival French Wine and Champagne. In fact, Cavas, or sparkling wine, is Spain’s answer to France’s champagne. The wine isn’t very expensive as well although the quality is exceptional. You can buy a bottle between five to ten dollars. Barcelona is surely the place to be at for lovers of wine and beer as it’s cheaper to buy these liquors than to buy a can of coke or a bottle of water.

                      11. It has local threads

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                        Style can be bought in this city at all kinds of prices. You can go for the rather expensive Spanish brands recognizable at the international level or for confined Barcelona brands. But if you go with the cheaper ones, it doesn’t mean that you are compromising much on quality at all. Some of the local and affordable brands in Barcelona are Zazo&Brull, Cuervo Cobberblack Bird (where you can buy handcrafted shies), RooM and Syngman Cucala.

                        12. It hosts amazing carnivals

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                          There are plenty of carnivals hosted by the city every year. These carnivals showcase rich Catalan culture, dazzling displays of fireworks, air shows, concerts and children acts. Festes de la Merce, which is celebrated in the month of September is the largest carnival in the city. It originally started as a religious parade but now, it’s one of the major reasons to visit the city. Every neighborhood in the city has its own chief celebration. Among them, the celebrations of the neighborhoods of Gracia and Sants are the biggest ones.

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                          13. It is a delight for dancing

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                            The city is home to plenty of nightclubs. We often think of Flamenco dancing whenever we think of Spanish dancing. However, Flamenco dancing is native to the Andalusia region of Spain and Barcelona has its own historic dance form in Sardana, performed at tablaos, which have come to prominence since 1960s. Sardana is performed on weekends in front of the Cathedral and City Hall.

                            14. It offers the sweetest alternate to Valentine’s Day

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                              If you don’t like to flow in the tide of Valentine’s Day, coming every year with so much noise and almost always leaving you barren, the city offers you with an excellent alternative. Diada de Sant Jordi, or Saint George’s Day is celebrated on April 23, the day on which men give a rose to their darlings and ladies give them a book. This sweet occasion has kept Valentine’s Day pretty much at bay.

                              15. It has breath taking street art

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                                Art is everywhere on the streets of Barcelona and it is beyond graffiti. Even the store shutters on the streets are gaudily painted. As mentioned earlier, the shops, as do other businesses, close mid-day. Reopening times of those shops vary. If you are able to take a few strolls about the city during the time the shops are closed, you’ll have the best view of street art.

                                16. It has Bucolic locations

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                                  In spite of being a very big city and a major financial center of Europe, there are plenty of opportunities to revel in pastoral surroundings in the city. Some of the neighborhoods like Gracia, Les Corts and La Barceloneta in particular exhibit that candid and pristine rural aura with amply of native customs and festivities.

                                  17. It offers many Ping-Pong tables

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                                    You thought Chinese were the only folks who love Ping-Pong so much. How wrong you were! You don’t have to move a distance to find the next free Ping-Pong table in Barcelona. Scattered around the public places of the city, Ping-Pong tables provide you with ample opportunities to swing your paddle with opponents, provided you have one.

                                    18. It’s a bicycle heaven

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                                      It was mentioned earlier that this city offers excellent routes to discover the city through bicycling if you don’t feel like walking. But this deserves a point of its own as another great prospect the city can offer. Barcelona is as perfect as it can get for bicycling. The scenery is great, which adds to the fact that the city has heavily expanded network of bike lanes and fleets. The only problem is that the city is a heaven for bicycle thieves as well.

                                      19. It has an excellent public transportation system

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                                        With myriad of equally rewarding options, Barcelona should be one of the easiest cities to discover. It was already discoverable on foot and bicycling possibilities were excellent. A very good public transport system takes discoverability of this city to further heights. There are so many options to get around the city with efficient buses, subways, trains, cable cars and funiculars.

                                        20. It has perfect weather all year round

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                                          Lying in the Mediterranean region, the temperature of Barcelona is fairly moderate. With its poised climate, the city offers excellent living conditions throughout the year. The weather is predictable and rainfall is also quite balanced. You can enjoy months of unbroken sunshine without ever having to feel the agony of a scorching heat of the Sun.

                                          Featured photo credit: Aerial view of Barcelona city with Port Vell in cloudy day.Spain via shutterstock.com

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                                          How to Control Your Thoughts and Be the Master of Your Mind

                                          How to Control Your Thoughts and Be the Master of Your Mind

                                          Your mind is the most powerful tool you have for the creation of good in your life, but if not used correctly, can also be the most destructive force in your life.

                                          Your mind, more specifically, your thoughts, affect your perception and therefore, your interpretation of reality. (And here’s Why Your Perception Is Your Reality.)

                                          I have heard that the average person thinks around 70,000 thoughts a day. That’s a lot, especially if they are unproductive, self-abusive and just a general waste of energy.

                                          You can let your thoughts run amok, but why would you? It is your mind, your thoughts; isn’t it time to take your power back? Isn’t it time to take control?

                                          Choose to be the person who is actively, consciously thinking your thoughts. Become the master of your mind.

                                          When you change your thoughts, you will change your feelings as well, and you will also eliminate the triggers that set off those feelings. Both of these outcomes provide you with a greater level of peace in your mind.

                                          I currently have few thoughts that are not of my own choosing or a response from my reprogramming. I am the master of my mind, so now my mind is quite peaceful. Yours can be too!

                                          Who Is Thinking My Thoughts?

                                          Before you can become the master of your mind, you must recognize that you are currently at the mercy of several unwanted “squatters” living in your mind, and they are in charge of your thoughts. If you want to be the boss of them, you must know who they are and what their motivation is, and then you can take charge and evict them.

                                          Here are four of the “squatters” in your head that create the most unhealthy and unproductive thoughts:

                                          1. The Inner Critic

                                          This is your constant abuser who is often a conglomeration of:

                                          • Other people’s words; many times your parents.
                                          • Thoughts you have created based on your own or other peoples expectations.
                                          • Comparing yourself to other people, including those in the media.
                                          • The things you told yourself as a result of painful experiences such as betrayal and rejection. Your interpretation creates your self-doubt and self-blame, which are most likely undeserved in cases of rejection and betrayal.

                                          The Inner Critic is motivated by pain, low self-esteem, lack of self-acceptance and lack of self-love.

                                          Why else would this person abuse you? And since this person is actually you– why else would you abuse yourself? Why would you let anyone treat you this badly?

                                          2. The Worrier

                                          This person lives in the future; in the world of “what ifs.”

                                          The Worrier is motivated by fear which is often irrational and with no basis for it. Occasionally, this person is motivated by fear that what happened in the past will happen again.

                                          3. The Reactor or Trouble-Maker

                                          This is the one that triggers anger, frustration and pain. These triggers stem from unhealed wounds of the past. Any experience that is even closely related to a past wound will set him off.

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                                          This person can be set off by words or feelings, and can even be set off by sounds and smells.

                                          The Reactor has no real motivation and has poor impulse control and is run by past programming that no longer serves you, if it ever did.

                                          4. The Sleep Depriver

                                          This can be a combination of any number of different squatters including the inner planner, the rehasher, and the ruminator, along with the inner critic and the worrier.

                                          The Sleep Depriver’s motivation can be:

                                          • As a reaction to silence, which he fights against
                                          • Taking care of the business you neglected during the day
                                          • Self-doubt, low self-esteem, insecurity and generalized anxiety
                                          • As listed above for the inner critic and worrier

                                          How can you control these squatters?

                                          How to Master Your Mind

                                          You are the thinker and the observer of your thoughts. You must pay attention to your thoughts so you can identify “who” is running the show; this will determine which technique you will want to use.

                                          Begin each day with the intention of paying attention to your thoughts and catching yourself when you are thinking undesirable thoughts.

                                          There are two ways to control your thoughts:

                                          • Technique A – Interrupt and replace them
                                          • Technique B – Eliminate them altogether

                                          This second option is what is known as peace of mind!

                                          The technique of interrupting and replacing is a means of reprogramming your subconscious mind. Eventually, the replacement thoughts will become the “go to” thoughts in the applicable situations.

                                          Use Technique A with the Inner Critic and Worrier; and Technique B with the Reactor and Sleep Depriver.

                                          For the Inner Critic

                                          When you catch yourself thinking something negative about yourself (calling yourself names, disrespecting yourself, or berating yourself), interrupt it.

                                          You can yell (in your mind), “Stop! No!” or, “Enough! I’m in control now.” Then, whatever your negative thought was about yourself, replace it with an opposite or counter thought or an affirmation that begins with “I am.”

                                          For example, if your thought is, “I’m such a loser,” you can replace it with, “I am a Divine Creation of the Universal Spirit. I am a perfect spiritual being learning to master the human experience. I am a being of energy, light, and matter. I am magnificent, brilliant, and beautiful. I love and approve of myself just as I am.”

                                          You can also have a dialogue with yourself with the intention of discrediting the ‘voice’ that created the thought, if you know whose voice it is:

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                                          “Just because so-and-so said I was a loser doesn’t make it true. It was his or her opinion, not a statement of fact. Or maybe they were joking and I took it seriously because I’m insecure.”

                                          If you recognize that you have recurring self-critical thoughts, you can write out or pre-plan your counter thoughts or affirmation so you can be ready. This is the first squatter you should evict, forcefully, if necessary:

                                          • They rile up the Worrier.
                                          • The names you call yourself become triggers when called those names by others, so he also maintains the presence of the Reactor.
                                          • They are often present when you try to fall asleep so he perpetuates the Sleep Depriver.
                                          • They are a bully and is verbally and emotionally abusive.
                                          • They are the destroyer of self-esteem. They convince you that you’re not worthy. They’re a liar! In the interest of your self-worth, get them out!

                                          Eliminate your worst critic and you will also diminish the presence of the other three squatters.

                                          Replace them with your new best friends who support, encourage, and enhance your life. This is a presence you want in your mind.

                                          For the Worrier

                                          Prolonged anxiety is mentally, emotionally and physically unhealthy. It can have long-term health implications.

                                          Fear initiates the fight or flight response, creates worry in the mind and creates anxiety in the body.

                                          You should be able to recognize a “worry thought” immediately by how you feel. The physiological signs that the fight or flight response of fear has kicked in are:

                                          • Increased heart rate, blood pressure, or surge of adrenaline
                                          • Shallow breathing or breathlessness
                                          • Muscles tense

                                          Use the above stated method to interrupt any thought of worry and then replace it. But this time you will replace your thoughts of worry with thoughts of gratitude for the outcome you wish for.

                                          If you believe in a higher power, this is the time to engage with it. Here is an example:

                                          Instead of worrying about my loved ones traveling in bad weather, I say the following (I call it a prayer):

                                          “Thank you great spirit for watching over _______. Thank you for watching over his/her car and keeping it safe, road-worthy, and free of maintenance issues without warning. Thank you for surrounding him/her with only safe, conscientious, and alert drivers. And thank you for keeping him/her safe, conscientious, and alert.”

                                          Smile when you think about it or say it aloud, and phrase it in the present tense; both of these will help you feel it and possibly even start to believe it.

                                          If you can visualize what you are praying for, the visualization will enhance the feeling so you will increase the impact in your vibrational field.

                                          Now take a calming breath, slowly in through your nose, and slowly out through the mouth. Take as many as you like!

                                          Replacing fearful thoughts with gratitude will decrease reactionary behavior, taking the steam out of the Reactor.

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                                          For example:

                                          If your child gets lost in the mall, the typical parental reaction that follows the fearful thoughts when finding them is to yell at them.

                                          “I told you never to leave my sight.” This reaction just adds to the child’s fear level from being lost in the first place. Plus, it also teaches them that mom and/or dad will get mad when he or she makes a mistake, which may make them lie to you or not tell you things in the future.

                                          Change those fearful thoughts when they happen:

                                          “Thank You (your choice of Higher Power) for watching over my child and keeping him safe. Thank you for helping me find him soon.”

                                          Then, when you see your child after this thought process, your only reaction will be gratitude, and that seems like a better alternative for all people involved.

                                          For the Trouble-Maker, Reactor or Over-Reactor

                                          Permanently eliminating this squatter will take a bit more attention and reflection after the fact to identify and heal the causes of the triggers; but until then, you can prevent the Reactor from getting out of control by initiating conscious breathing as soon as you recognize his presence.

                                          The Reactor’s thoughts or feelings activate the fight or flight response just like with the Worrier. The physiological signs of his presence will be the same. With a little attention, you should be able to tell the difference between anxiety, anger, frustration, or pain:

                                          • Increased heart rate and blood pressure; surge of adrenaline
                                          • Shallow breathing or breathlessness
                                          • Muscles tension

                                          I’m sure you’ve heard the suggestion to count to ten when you get angry—well, you can make those ten seconds much more productive if you are breathing consciously during that time.

                                          Conscious breathing is as simple as it sounds; just be conscious of your breathing. Pay attention to the air going in and coming out.

                                          Breathe in through your nose:

                                          • Feel the air entering your nostrils.
                                          • Feel your lungs filling and expanding.
                                          • Focus on your belly rising.

                                          Breathe out through your nose:

                                          • Feel your lungs emptying.
                                          • Focus on your belly falling.
                                          • Feel the air exiting your nostrils.

                                          Do this for as long as you like. Leave the situation if you want. This gives the adrenaline time to normalize.

                                          Now you can address the situation with a calmer, more rational perspective and avoid damaging behavior.

                                          One of the troubles this squatter causes is that it adds to the sleep depriver’s issues. By evicting, or at least controlling the Reactor, you will decrease reactionary behavior, which will decrease the need for the rehashing and ruminating that may keep you from falling asleep.

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                                          Master your mind and stop the Reactor from bringing stress to you and your relationships!

                                          For the Sleep Depriver

                                          (They’re made up of the Inner Planner, the Rehasher and the Ruminator, along with the Inner Critic and the Worrier.)

                                          I was plagued with a very common problem: not being able to turn off my mind at bedtime. This inability prevented me from falling asleep and thus, getting a restful and restorative night’s sleep.

                                          Here’s how I mastered my mind and evicted the Sleep Depriver and all his cronies.

                                          1. I started by focusing on my breathing—paying attention to the rise and fall of my belly—but that didn’t keep the thoughts out for long. (Actually, I now start with checking my at-rest mouth position to keep me from clenching.)
                                          2. Then I came up with replacement strategy that eliminated uncontrolled thinking—imagining the word in while breathing in and thinking the word out when breathing out. I would (and do) elongate the word to match the length of my breath.

                                          When I catch myself thinking, I shift back to in, out. With this technique, I am still thinking, sort of, but the wheels are no longer spinning out of control. I am in control of my mind and I choose quiet.

                                          From the first time I tried this method I started to yawn after only a few cycles and am usually asleep within ten minutes.

                                          For really difficult nights, I add an increase of attention by holding my eyes in a looking-up position (Closed, of course!). Sometimes I try to look toward my third eye but that really hurts my eyes.

                                          If you have trouble falling asleep because you can’t shut off your mind, I strongly recommend you try this technique. I still use it every night. You can start sleeping better tonight!

                                          You can also use this technique any time you want to:

                                          • Fall back to sleep if you wake up too soon.
                                          • Shut down your thinking.
                                          • Calm your feelings.
                                          • Simply focus on the present moment. 

                                          The Bottom Line

                                          Your mind is a tool, and like any other tool, it can be used for constructive purposes or for destructive purposes.

                                          You can allow your mind to be occupied by unwanted, undesirable and destructive tenants, or you can choose desirable tenants like peace, gratitude, compassion, love, and joy.

                                          Your mind can become your best friend, your biggest supporter, and someone you can count on to be there and encourage you. The choice is yours!

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